Catalog at Falvey
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen. WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form. WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)
Provides digital access in selected disciplines. Each handbook introduces and surveys the state of scholarship in a field of study through review articles written by leading subject specialists. Articles review key issues and debates and set the agenda for new research. Villanova University does not have access to the complete collection. Access print handbooks through the Library’s print collection
and/or interlibrary loan services.
Book Review Digest Plus (EBSCO)
Presents peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines. Villanova University has access to the following bibliographies: Atlantic History, Biblical Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Communication, Criminology, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Medieval Studies, Political Science, and Psychology.
Oxford Bibliographies at Falvey Library
is a short video introduction to this resource.
Indexes reviews of fiction and nonfiction English-language books. Reviews are selected from academic journals and library review journals. Includes selected full text. Coverage goes back to the early 1980s. Book Review Index Plus (Gale)
Indexes reviews of fiction and nonfiction English-language books. Reviews are selected from academic journals, magazines, and library review journals. Includes selected full text. Coverage goes back to the early 1960s.
Electronic Indexes to Article/Directory Resources
ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country- and industry-focused reports. Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides access to a wide range of academic business journals and trade magazines. Topics include management, marketing, finance, economics, and management information systems. Full text access may be embargoed for up to three years. Coverage goes back to 1965. CQ Press Library (CQ Press)
Provides a combined search interface and access to selected CQ Press publications including the CQ Almanac (1945-), the Political Handbook of the World (2005-), and the Supreme Court Yearbook (1989-). Offers links to CQ Press collections on the Sage Knowledge platform including Congress and the Nation (1945-2004), Historic Documents Series (1972-), Vital Statistics on American Politics, and the Washington Information Directory. Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books, and book reviews in the fields of communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields. Includes abstracts and full text for selected journals. Coverage goes back to the early 20th century. Congressional Publications (ProQuest)
Provides comprehensive indexing of United States legislative information: hearings transcripts and submitted testimony, committee reports, bills, public laws, congressional member public interest group ratings, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Code. Includes abstracts. Some of the indexing goes back to the late 18th century. Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, and books in criminology and related fields. Includes abstracts and selected full text. Coverage goes back to the middle of the 18th century. EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Education Administration Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, working papers, and dissertations in the field of economics based on the Journal of Economic Literature's subject classification
. Provides access to the full text of selected journals including all American Economic Association journals. Coverage goes back to 1886.
Indexes and abstracts journals in the fields of educational administration. Topics include educational leadership, educational management, and educational research. Coverage goes back to 1966. Education Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, monographs, and yearbooks in the field of education. Provides full text access to selected education journals from 1994 to the present. Indexing goes back to 1983. Emerald Insight
Includes academic journals in the fields of management, economics, information services, engineering, applied science, and technology. Villanova University access is limited to a subset of the collection. Coverage extends back to 2004. Foundation Directory Online Professional (Foundation Center)
Offers information on foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking charities. Grantmaker profiles include private and independent foundations, corporate foundations, U.S. federal funders, public charities, and international foundations. GuideStar Pro
Provides detailed information about nonprofit organizations including IRS Form 990 with financial statements. Also offers self-reported information about programs and activities. ICPSR Bibliography of Data-Related Literature
Partially funded by Villanova School of Business.
The Bibliography of Data-Related Literature is a continuously-updated database of thousands of citations of works using data held in the ICPSR archive. The works include journal articles, books, book chapters, government and agency reports, working papers, dissertations, conference papers, meeting presentations, unpublished manuscripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and audiovisual materials. ICPSR Orientation Tutorial
Tutorial for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research which has holdings that include several time series and other types of aggregate data; its holdings consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses, and administrative records. The data holdings contain some 6,000 studies and 450,000 files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. JSTOR
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included. OECD iLibrary
Provides full text access to the books, periodicals, working papers, and statistical publications produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1998. Also contains several statistical databases including Main Economic Indicators, International Trade by Commodity Statistics, and compendia of agriculture, education, environment, and social statistics. PAIS International (ProQuest)
Provides citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, government documents, conference papers, research reports, etc. in the areas of public affairs, public and social policy, and international relations. International in scope. Formerly known as the Public Affairs Information Service. Project Muse
Provides full-text access to books and journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Public Administration journals at Falvey
Journals with the subject heading of public administration held at Falvey. Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings in all major disciplines. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article. Social Sciences Citation Index - Web of Science (Clarivate)
Indexes core journals in the social sciences. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article. Search by article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, address word (i.e., author's institution), or funding agency. Covers 1956 to the present. Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts journals in many social science fields. Provides full text access to selected titles from 1972 to the present. Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
Indexes the literature of social work, human services, and related fields. Includes citations to journal articles and dissertations. Covers 1979 to thepresent. Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Indexes the literature of sociology and related fields. Includes citations to journal articles, dissertations, books, conference papers, and magazines. Offers abstracts and selected full text. SpringerLink
Provides access to journals, books, protocols, reference works, and book series in all academic disciplines published by Springer.
Demographic tools - selected
American FactFinder is a web site used to distribute data collected by the United States Census Bureau. Data-Planet (Sage)
It provides data for recent survey years for a range of geographies, including by Census tract, Zip Code Tabulation Area, Metropolitan Statistical Area, county, and state.
Provides access to a wide variety of economic, social, and political indicators including data sets from the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the OECD, Eurostat, the United Nations, the world’s stock exchanges, and Zillow. Offers customized graphing and mapping. ESRI Zip Code Lookup
Type in your ZIP Code to see demographic and lifestyle information about your neighborhood.
Type in your ZIP Code to see demographic and lifestyle information about your neighborhood. - See more at: http://www.esri.com/data/esri_data/ziptapestry#sthash.xaJVOIus.dpuf
Provides full text access to the books, periodicals, working papers, and statistical publications produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1998. Also contains several statistical databases including Main Economic Indicators, International Trade by Commodity Statistics, and compendia of agriculture, education, environment, and social statistics. ReferenceUSA
Provides company reports and directory information for U.S. private and public companies. Also includes consumer marketing and directory information for U.S. individuals.
America's Health Rankings
For nearly 3 decades, America’s Health Rankings Annual Report has analyzed a comprehensive set of behaviors, community and environmental conditions, policies, and clinical care data to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation. America’s Health Rankings Annual Report is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. Book of the States
The Book of the States provides answers and comparisons for all 56 states, commonwealths and territories of the United States through in-depth tables, charts and figures illustrating how state government operates.Published by the Council of State Governments (CSG). CenStats Databases
From the US Census Bureau, several databases of demographic and economic information, including Building Permits Data; International Trade Data; Census Tract Street Locator; Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex; and USA Counties Data. Census (U.S.) Demographic Profiles
Search by U.S. summary or by state geographic areas: nation, region, division, state, county, county subdivision, place, consolidated city, metropolitan area, American Indian Area/Alaska Native Area/Hawaiian Home Land, and congressional districts. Census of Governments
Produced every five years since 1957, for years ending in "2" and "7." Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment; classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities; and measures federal, state, and local fiscal relationships. Includes all state and local governments in the United States. Local governments include: counties, cities, townships, special districts (such as water districts, fire districts, library districts, mosquito abatement districts, and so on) and school districts
Collects and analyzes data from a variety of government and private sources to create informative profiles for every city in the United States. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Building on the work of America's Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of nearly every county in the nation since 2010. County and City Data Book
Presents statistics on such topics as population, health, crime, education, income, trade for each county and incorporated city with 25,000 inhabitants or more. Data.gov
Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. Economic Policy Institute - EPI Datazone
A compilation of all the data behind EPI’s research, and includes historical data on wage trends, unemployment rates for different demographic groups and much more. FedStats
"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies." Financial Report of the U.S. Government GuideStar Pro
Provides detailed information about nonprofit organizations including IRS Form 990 with financial statements. Also offers self-reported information about programs and activities. Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
Partially funded by Villanova School of Business.
A compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources last updated in 1975 and has been expanded to include over 37,000 data series. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable edition will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own areas of interest. ICPSR Orientation Tutorial
Tutorial for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research which has holdings that include several time series and other types of aggregate data; its holdings consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses, and administrative records. The data holdings contain some 6,000 studies and 450,000 files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)
Provides access to archived social science data and data-driven learning guides designed for the classroom. Includes information about data management and curation services available to member institutions. See Qualitative Data Repository for qualitative and multi-method data. National Center for Education Statistics OECD iLibrary
A free ICPSR account is required to download data. The account must be created on campus.
Provides full text access to the books, periodicals, working papers, and statistical publications produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1998. Also contains several statistical databases including Main Economic Indicators, International Trade by Commodity Statistics, and compendia of agriculture, education, environment, and social statistics. Polling the Nations
Presents public opinion poll data from surveys conducted in the U.S. and more than 100 other countries. Includes the full text of hundreds of thousands of questions and responses from thousands of surveys. Only polls using statistically valid sampling and methods are included. Covers 1986 to the present. Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (iPOLL)
Offers public opinion poll data from surveys conducted in the U.S. and other countries by many major polling organizations. Includes the full text of questions and responses. Items with a green plus icon have crosstab breakdowns; those with an X have microdata available for download; while those with a green and blue star icon allow you to perform custom crosstab analysis online. Covers 1935 to the present, updated daily. Social Explorer
To download or analyze data online, each user needs to set up a free account.
Provides access to maps and tables of U.S. Census and American Community Survey data from 1790 to present. Also includes datasets on election, health, crime, religion, and environmental topics, as well as some international data (UK Census 2011; Canadian Census 2011; selected Eurostat data; and World Development Indicators from the World Bank.) Social Trends and Indicators USA
Individual registration for a free personal account is required.
"Provides detailed statistics on social issues paired with expert analyses of the statistics." Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
U.S. Census Bureau - State and County Quickfacts
Offers indexing, abstracting, and selected full text of statistical publications from U.S. state and federal governments, business and research institutes, and international material from the UN, OECD, EU, etc. Some tables are available in GIF, XLS, CSV, and other formats.
ProQuest offers a help guide
QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. UNESCO Institute for Statistics - World Education Indicators
Global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, culture and communication. USASpedning.gov
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA) was signed into law on September 26, 2006 and mandated the creation of a publicly available, searchable website that would provide the American public access to information on entities and organizations receiving federal funds. USAspending.gov went live in 2007. United States Historical Census Data Browser
Historical statistical data derived from the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.
Writing Public Policy - guides, examples
Congressional Budget Office - Topics
Congressional Budget Office featured topics and policy options. Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a FindLaw FindPolicy
think tank that provides research reports to members of Congress. Reports also collected at http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR/. CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. The Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service. The U.S. Department of State also provides a selection of Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs at http://fpc.state.gov/c18185.htm.
Open source search engine focused on reports and analyses from leading policy research organizations. FollowTheMoney.org
From the National Institute on Money in State Politics, tracks political donations in all 50 states. Reports the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.A campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available through FollowTheMoney.org. GuideStar Pro
Provides detailed information about nonprofit organizations including IRS Form 990 with financial statements. Also offers self-reported information about programs and activities. Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
Partially funded by Villanova School of Business.
The Institute conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. Various publications can be viewed and printed. LandStat - Philadelphia Department of Records
The LandStat application supports analysis and display of aggregated data for land records information based on official documents tracked by the Department of Records through its PhilaDOX system. Master of Public Administration Program, Villanova University NACo - National Association of Counties
A national organization that represents county governments in the United States. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government,improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. National Association of Towns and Towhships- NATaT
To provide America's smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. National Center for Charitable Statistics
Learn more about charities. Information on charitible contributions by state. National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization. NCSC is the organization courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information. NCSC is able to return expertise to the courts in a variety of forms — from Web resources to hands-on assistance, NCSC was envisioned as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
A bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories; founded to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislature and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. National League of Cities (NLC)
Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. The NLC members are municipalities from across the country. National Women's Law Center
Protects and promotes equality and opportunity for women and families. The Center champions policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement. Follows issues trending locally and nationally. PA-Joint State Government Commission
Search for studies and publications of the Joint State Government Commission, the primary non-partisan research organization that serves the General Assembly. The Commission provides the legislature with a readily available mechanism for conducting interdisciplinary studies. Pew Research Center
"The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by reporting news and analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues." Planetizen: The urban planning, design and development network
A public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community covering a wide number of planning, design, and development issues, from transportation to climate change, architecture to infrastructure, housing and community development to historic preservation. Policy Archive
From The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) - Policy Archive is an open digital archive of global, non-partisan, foundation-funded public policy research. Political Science at Villanova University State & Local Government on the Net Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
An independent 501(c)3 non-profit. SASB’s mission is to develop and disseminate sustainability accounting standards that help publicly-listed corporations disclose material factors in compliance with SEC requirements. U.S. Courts - The Federal Judiciary
The purpose of this site is to function as a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. U.S. Government Information by Topic Urban Institute (the)
According to its mission statement, the Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
Federal News Service
Provides immediate verbatim transcripts of government briefings, speeches, press conferences and other news-making events to the many domestic and international news bureaus in Washington, D. C. FNS transcribes some Congressional hearings, National Press Club speeches, and significant events such as conferences at Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment and broadcast interviews with opinion leaders. New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full text access to the complete New York Times archive except for the most current three years. Use Nexis Uni or ABI/INFORM for access to current content. Lexis Nexis Academic
Now Nexis Uni. Provides full-text access to national and international newspaper and magazine articles and news transcripts, business, company, and industry information in the U.S. and abroad, and legal documents, including U.S. Federal and State court cases, and law reviews. Coverage varies. Philadelphia Inquirer, 1981- (NewsBank)
LexisNexis online services and the materials contained therein are under copyright by LexisNexis. All rights reserved. No part of these Services may be used except for research purposes, and the Services may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the LexisNexis Academic Library Solutions. Materials retrieved from the Services may not be duplicated in hard copy or machine-readable form without the prior written authorization of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions, except that limited reproduction of output is permitted solely for individual use by the Authorized User or internal distribution within the Subscribing Institution in accordance with the terms of this Agreement unless further limited or prohibited by the Copyright Act of 1976. Under no circumstances may the Materials or any portion thereof be used to create derivative products or services.
Provides full text access to articles published since 1981. Does not include ads, calendar listings, horoscopes, sports statistics, stock tables, weather forecasts, and puzzles. ProQuest Central
Provides indexing and full text for thousands of scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and business information sources. Multidisciplinary in scope. Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
Contains the full text of the Washington Post and its title variations from 1877 until seventeen years ago. More recent Washington Post content is available via Nexis Uni (1977 to the present).
American Society for Public Administration (APSA)
Prominent professional association for public administration dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. The Council provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy)
ICMA provides technical assistance to local governments in emerging democracies, helping them to develop professional practices and ethical, transparent governments. The organization performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S.
, which is supported by federal government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
The National Academy of Public Administration is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization focused on analyzing emerging trends in governance and public administration. It is one of the two organizations (the other being the National Academy of Sciences) chartered by Congress in this manner. Though the Academy's funding comes primarily from studies that are Congressionally requested or mandated, it is not considered a government agency. National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO)
Professional membership organization for state budget and finance officers. Acting as chief financial advisors to the nation’s governors,they guide their states in analysis of budget options and formation of sound public policy. NASBO exists to support its members in their critical job functions by providing information and training on critical state fiscal issues and budget processes, responding to member research inquiries on topics impacting states and their budgets and organizing national meetings where members can discuss critical issues and share best practices. National Association of Towns and Towhships- NATaT
To provide America's smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
A bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories; founded to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislature and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. National Council of Nonprofits
The nation’s largest network of nonprofits serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. The Council identifies emerging trends, shares proven practices, and promotes solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve. National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
Founded in 1983, NFBPA, is the principal and most progressive organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
The membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs for MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees. NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the nonprofit sector through advocacy, collaboration, education and other services in order to improve the overall quality of life in Pennsylvania. Public Administration Theory Network (PATheory)
Public Managment Research Association (PMRA)
Public Administration Theory Network is an international network of professionals concerned with the advancement of public administration theory. Its affiliated scholarly journal is Administrative Theory & Praxis (ATP).
A nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations.
E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans. Journal Finder
Use this link to locate journals or specific articles that may be available electronically.
Citing and Evaluating Research